A waft of freshly cut ketupat fills the air. On the stove, the chicken curry simmers slowly in the pot. Even the beef rendang has been cooked to perfection.
The plates, cups and utensils are neatly arranged and small jars filled with crispy cookies. The cookies are made early as these can be stored in airtight containers.
The house is spick and span, and new with a fresh coat of paint. Everything is new (or almost new!) and neat and tidy to usher in Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
A special day, Hari Raya Aidilfitri is a celebration signifying victory for Muslims who have successfully carried out their fast during the month of Ramadan.
Preparations to celebrate Hari Raya are usually made at least one week before the celebration. The household would be in a flurry of activity, once the date of Hari Raya is announced on television or radio.
Everyone helps, either to cook or make sure everything is prepared to receive visitors on Hari Raya.
On the morning of Hari Raya Aidilfitri, special prayers are held in mosques. Later, some would head on to cemeteries to give respects to family members and friends who have passed away.
The celebration begins when everyone in their best traditional finery converges, awaiting family and friends to congregate on Hari Raya.
“Selamat Hari Raya!” Greetings echo throughout the day.
A unique Hari Raya celebration, the ‘Rumah Terbuka’ or Open House concept is warmly celebrated by people from all walks of life.
Here’s wishing Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri to everyone!